FOIA Advisor

Q&A: Anticipation is keeping me waiting

Q&A (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

Q.  What is the time frame to get a response after mailing my FOIA request?

A.  A federal agency has 10 days to acknowledge receipt of your request and 20 business days from the date of receipt to make a final determination.  If unusual circumstances exist, the agency may extend its response time for an additional 10 business days.  Additionally, an agency may toll the response deadline once if it needs to clarify your request or multiple times in order to resolve fee issues.